Initially, it was our intention to make the winning entry freely available to everyone by placing it in the public domain, and we stated this much on our web site. However, it was brought to our attention in a post at the Philweavers forum that there is a possibility that some unscrupulous operator might trademark the entry and attempt to commercially capitalize on it. Apparently, this happened to the "smiley face".
However small this possibility might be, and however unenforceable the trademark, and however ludicrous the idea of having a symbol denoting national pride hogged by a foreign crook, this is a legitimate concern that deserves to be addressed.
Consequently, instead of renouncing all claims to the winning logo, it will be copyrighted by the Organizers of the "Proudly Pinoy" Logo Design Competition, and permission to use it must be obtained from the organizers of the competition.
In order to remove any unambiguity regarding the origin, ownership and usage rules of the logo, it will be made a requirement to link the logo image to this website, namely www.proudlypinoy.org. As long as the logo is linked to this site, and the website is a Filipino website (or was crafted by a Filipino individual or corporation), permission to use the logo will be granted automatically.